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July 20th, 1951.

July 20th, 1951, was a Friday. It was day 201 of 1951. The decade was the 1950s.

70 years, 4 months and 18 days have passed since July 20th, 1951.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

On this day.

What happened on July 20th, 1951?

  • King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated in Jerusalem.

Top song: July 20th, 1951

The best-selling single on July 20th, 1951 was "Too Young" by Nat King Cole.

Play the top hits from 1951.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1951. Take a trip back to the days of Les Paul & Mary Ford, Perry Como, Tony Bennett and Guy Mitchell.

Take me back to July 20th, 1951!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 20th, 1951 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In music, the song "Too Young" by Nat King Cole is the best-selling record at the moment. Harry S. Truman is currently the President of the United States and Clement Attlee is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

In fashion, women are sporting the popular "The New Look" by Christian Dior. This formal style includes rounded shoulders, a full-skirted silhouette and a tight waist. Meanwhile, men are beginning to follow a new "Teddy Boy" trend that involves greased-back hair, extremely narrow trousers and velvet-collared jackets. In Asia, the Korean War is raging on between South Korea and North Korea. It's 1951, so radio stations and jukeboxes are playing songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Les Paul, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Ford, Mario Lanza, The Weavers, Perry Como and Patti Page.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Lone Ranger", "Space Patrol", "The Cisco Kid" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", "Jim and Judy in Teleland" and "Crusader Rabbit". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Tonka trucks, Spinning Tops, Butch the Pup Toy and Colorforms.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on July 20th, 1951.

  • Poodle skirts are a thing.

    Poodle skirts are a thing.

    During the 1950s, it became a fad to wear wide unrestricted felt skirts called "poodle skirts". These skirts consisted of a solid color that had a design or a logo. In many cases, the design was an image of a poodle or a cat.

  • Movies from 1951.

    Movies from 1951.

    The most popular movies in 1951 included the likes of Quo Vadis, Show Boat, David and Bathsheba, The Great Caruso, A Streetcar Named Desire and The African Queen.

  • 1951 in music.

    1951 in music.

    The radio stations in 1951 were dominated by artists such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Rosemary Clooney, Mario Lanza, The Weavers, Perry Como and Patti Page.

  • Mohammad Mossadegh.

    Mohammad Mossadegh.

    The Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1951. That year, Mossadegh expelled western oil companies from the country and started the Abadan Crisis.

  • The Korean War.

    The Korean War.

    During this period of time, the Korean War was being fought between South Korea and North Korea.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

  • Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    Men are getting "DA haircuts".

    During the 1950s, "DA haircuts" were popular among men. The cut consisted of a combed back hair style that was parted down the middle at the back. "DA" stood for "Ducks Ass", which is what many people liked to call the style.

  • Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops are popular.

    Sock hops were informal dance events for teenagers. The name originated from the fact that many of these dances required participants to remove their socks. This was because sock hops were often held in high school gymnasiums and the organizers wanted to prevent the floors from being scuffed.

  • Capitalism vs Communism.

    Capitalism vs Communism.

    The ideological clash between capitalism and communism heated up during the 1950s. It was during this period that a "Cold War" started between the United States and the Soviet Union. In the US, there were fears that Soviet spies had infiltrated all parts of society, including Hollywood.

  • The economy is booming.

    The economy is booming.

    During the 1950s, the world was recovering from World War II. Many countries witnessed an economic boom during this decade. Unemployment was low, consumerism increased, mortgages were cheap and governments started to invest in infrastructure such as highways. For many, this was the "golden age" of the economy.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the 1950s, people were using rotary phones. It was during this period that the heavier metal dial components were phased out and replaced with plastic.

  • More and more people are buying television sets.

    More and more people are buying television sets.

    In the late 1940s and 1950s, more and more households were buying TV sets. In 1950, 20% of homes had a television set. By the end of the decade, that figure had risen to 90%.

  • Polio cases are high.

    Polio cases are high.

    Cases of Polio were particularly high during this period of time and outbreaks were common. In the United States, the disease peaked in 1952, with nearly 60,000 cases and 3,145 deaths. It wasn't until 1955 that a national immunization program started and cases began to drop.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 70 years, 4 months and 18 days have passed since July 20th, 1951.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 29 of 1951.
  • Leap Year: 1951 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 20th, 1951, will be 70 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1951 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 20th, 1951.

  • July 2nd, 1951: The song "Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett is released.
  • July 3rd, 1951: Golf: Sam Snead wins the 1951 PGA Championship.
  • July 10th, 1951: Korean War: Armistice negotiations begin.
  • July 10th, 1951: Boxing: Randy Turpin defeats Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight boxing championship.
  • July 11th, 1951: Cicero race riot: A mob of 4,000 white people attempt to prevent a black family from moving into Cicero, Illinois.
  • July 13th, 1951: Great Flood of 1951: 2 million acres of land is flooded in Kansas and Missouri.
  • July 16th, 1951: The British game show "What's My Line?" debuts on BBC.
  • July 16th, 1951: J. D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" is published.
  • This date: July 20th, 1951
  • July 21st, 1951: 48-year-old American actress Marion Aye commits suicide in a motel room in Culver City, California.
  • July 26th, 1951: Disney's animated film "Alice in Wonderland" premiers at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
  • July 28th, 1951: The animated film "Alice in Wonderland" is released in the United States.
  • August 11th, 1951: The first baseball game is broadcast in color.
  • August 14th, 1951: The historical film "David and Bathsheba" is released.
  • August 14th, 1951: The film "A Place in the Sun", starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, is released.
  • August 17th, 1951: Nat King Cole records his song "Unforgettable".

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 20th, 1951, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1951 was the year of the Rabbit (Yin Fire).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 20th, 1951 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

Photographs of 1950s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1950s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from July, 1951.

Racket Squad
Racket Squad
Crime drama starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
TV series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

Beulah
Beulah
Comedy series starring Hattie McDaniel as Beulah Brown.

The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Comedy-musical that featured various comedians and entertainers.

The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
American Western drama series starring Duncan Renaldo.

The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
Cowboy TV series starring Gene Autry.

Space Patrol
Space Patrol
Sci-fi series starring Ed Kemmer and Lyn Osborn.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
American Western drama TV series.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

Cars in 1951.

1951 saw the introduction of cars such as the Ford Country Squire, the Hudson Hornet, the Ford Zephyr, the Renault Frégate, the Mercedes-Benz W187 and the BMW 501.

Cars in 1951.

Kids' TV shows on July 20th, 1951.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1951.

Crusader Rabbit
Crusader Rabbit

Jim and Judy in Teleland
Jim and Judy in Teleland

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1951.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1951.

Colorforms
Colorforms

Butch the Pup Toy
Butch the Pup Toy

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

Tiny Tears (doll)
Tiny Tears (doll)

Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops

Toy Guns
Toy Guns

Foto-Electric Baseball
Foto-Electric Baseball

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Dimestore soldiers
Dimestore soldiers

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1951.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out July 20th, 1957 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 20th.

Natalie Wood

Actress. Deceased
Born on July 20th, 1938
She turned 13 on this day in 1951.

Carlos Santana

Musician.
Born on July 20th, 1947
He turned 4 on this day in 1951.

Billy Mays

Television personality. Deceased
Born on July 20th, 1958
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Chris Cornell

American singer. Deceased
Born on July 20th, 1964
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Josh Holloway

Actor.
Born on July 20th, 1969
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Pop Smoke

Rapper. Deceased
Born on July 20th, 1999
He was born exactly 48 years after this date.

US President.

Harry S. Truman was the President of the United States on July 20th, 1951.

UK Prime Minister.

Clement Attlee was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 20th, 1951.

Irish Taoiseach.

Éamon de Valera was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 20th, 1951 was most likely conceived around October 27th, 1950.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 20th, 1951 is close to April 11th, 1952.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 20th, 1951.

  • A total of 25,708 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,672 weeks have passed.
  • 2,221,174,800 seconds have passed since the July 20th, 1951.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,591,370,600 times.
  • Since July 20th, 1951, the earth has travelled approximately 1,146,126,196,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 370,195,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 191,021,033 steps. That's about 84,898 miles!
  • Since this date, 26,654,098 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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